This is definitely not a thriller & we still cant work out what was happening
This film is an international co-production (French, British and Polish). Several languages are spoken in this film (French, English, Polish, etc.). Takes place in Paris, in various locations. It starts like a normal movie with a main theme of child custody battle, but then, gradually, the main theme seems to shifts into the territory of "psychic breakdown" or a psychiatric disease (schizophrenia?), perhaps. Strong points of this film are: nice music (Eva Demarczyk's old song "Tomaszow"), highly poetic visual narrative (showing insects, old growth forest with owls, etc.), elegant and mysterious character of K. S. T., etc. The story line will not satisfy many viewers. This film reminds me of work by Kieslowski (in particular "white" (part of "Colour trilogy") as well as some films by Tarkowski. In other words: atmosphere and form over storyline. Not for everybody.
I should of read the reviews.
The book is so much better, do not bother watching this film. The director has removed and changed so much of the story line to the point that it has no substance - it should be called something else. The worst book to film adaptation of all time.
Dreadful, you're left feeling duped.
If you read the book maybe you might understand more... i found it unsatisfying as there is just too much to bring your own conclusions to....an 80 minute movie that felt like 3 hours. Provokes dialogue afterwards though !
DO NOT WAST YOUR TIME WATCHING THIS MOVIE- YOU WILL ONLY BE DISSAPOINTED
Dark movie and very hard to understand? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Hummmmmmm, maybe I should read the book! ! !
A wonderfully elegant-looking film with good performances. The problem lies in the storyline - it's so deliberately obscure and open to myriad interpretations that a certain amount of viewer frustration begins to take hold by about the mid-way mark. Perhaps those who have read the book might find it easier going. Still, an interesting movie as long as you are not expecting a coherent narrative and a clear-cut, logical conclusion.
A very condensed version of the book. Certainly not a happy film, a bit sinister and depressing